Courses, Advisory Committee AND
Plan of Study

Course Registration

New Ph.D. students should consult their major professor . The first semester’s schedule should include the necessary prerequisite and core courses along with those courses leading to advance study in the specific area of interest to the student. In addition, all on-campus students must register every semester for the Graduate Seminar (IE 697). IE697 consists of a series of seminars on the current practice of industrial engineering and relevant research topics. Registration for subsequent semesters will be done in consultation with the student’s major professor.

Prerequisite and Core Courses

If students were missing any of the course requirements for admission (mathematics through multivariate calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra; applied probability and engineering statistics; basic techniques of operations research; proficiency in computer programming), then the student may admitted on the condition that they take these courses during the first semester.  The student can meet this requirement by taking the prerequisites as Pass-Fail.

The purpose of the core course requirements is to assure adequate breadth of knowledge in the field of industrial Engineering outside the given area of specialization. Doctoral students are expected to have prerequisite course work in linear algebra and differential equations equivalent to MA 265 and 266 along with a course in applied probability and statistics equivalent to STAT 511. Ph.D. students must complete at least one course with a B grade or better in each of the following four areas: Engineering Economics/Decisions, Human Factors/Cognitive Engineering, Manufacturing Processes/Production, and Optimization/Stochastic Processes. In certain cases, a student may have completed comparable core courses at another university or by taking similar courses at Purdue. These students must obtain a statement waiving the course requirement from the faculty member in charge of the course in question, and they must have the waiver approved by the Graduate Advisor.


By the middle of the first semester of study (9 to 15 credit-hours of regular graduate course work), a major professor and an Advisory Committee of three members should be selected. The major professor and at least one other member of the committee must be from the School of Industrial Engineering. At least one member should be a representative of the related area in the plan of study which is outside the School of industrial engineering. Courtesy appointments are classified as outside members. The major professor/graduate student relationship must be a mutually acceptable one. The major professor will serve as the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee and direct the research study. To facilitate the selection of an Advisory Committee, students should discuss their educational objectives with several members of the faculty within the first six weeks on campus. A list of the faculty with their interest can be obtained from the Graduate Office.


The student should file a plan of study with the Graduate School by the end of their second semester. The plan of study should be worked out under the supervision of the major professor and members of the Advisory Committee. Changes in the plan of study can be made at a later date with the approval of the Advisory Committee, the School Head (or his/her designee), and the Graduate School. The purpose of the plan of study is to design an appropriate program to meet the specific needs of a given student in their chosen field of specialty as determined by the Advisory Committee. Minor changes in the formal plan of study can be made easily in case of course offering deletions or schedule conflicts. These changes must be filed one week prior to the start of the final session of graduate study. The course work must be selected to form a unified program of study. At least one related field of study outside the area of industrial engineering is required. Typical related areas are other branches of engineering, mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, psychology, sociology, biology, economics, or management. Every plan of study must include at least two 3 credit-hour 600 level industrial engineering courses taken at Purdue, excluding unlabeled IE 690 (individual project) courses and IE 699 (Ph.D. thesis research). Course work from one previous master’s degree is included in the formal plan of study.